Will rubber mulch deter squirrels?

Old 04-09-17, 05:08 PM
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Will rubber mulch deter squirrels?

I have two areas around my home currently with wood mulch. The squirrels dig in it and I am having to fix it all the time. Would using rubber mulch deter squirrels from digging?
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I doubt it. They are digging to bury/un-bury nuts and seeds and probably don't care if it's wood or rubber mulch. I guess you try a bag or two in one of their favorite areas and see if it helps.
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I wonder if one of those critter repellent sprays would work? You'd have to re apply it after each rain.
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I have seen squirrels dig in just about everything. I've seen someone put down chicken wire fencing then put their mulch on top to discourage digging but I have no idea how well that worked.
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Thanks for the feedback. I will try a few bags of the rubber this year in the smaller section instead of adding another layer of the wood, and see if I notice any difference.

I have also heard that sprinkling cayenne pepper will also deter them, but you have to apply again after each rain, similar to sprays.

Thanks much.
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I use crushed red pepper flakes and it works fine. Until it rains, of course....

It's just one flower pot in my case so this works. Were I trying to stop them in a large area, I would be looking for something else.
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If you are averse to destroying them live trapping then relocating could work.

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